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15th Annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship: Engineering Philanthropy

The annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship event serves as a celebration of the hard work and dedication of good corporate citizens and the meaningful change they bring to society. This year’s event will be a night to remember as we induct entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bobby Lyle, into our esteemed Ring of Entrepreneurs. This invitation-only event will be held at Communities Foundation of Texas on May 12, 2016, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, and will bring together 250 entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and community leaders.

Ring of Entrepreneurs

The EFNT Ring of Entrepreneurs is an elite group of business leaders honored for their outstanding contributions to communities locally and internationally. These individuals exhibit a passionate commitment to corporate culture and philanthropy and have made an indelible impact on society. This year, Dr. Bobby B. Lyle will join a prestigious group of legendary business leaders including Garrett Boone, Trevor Rees-Jones, Ebby Halliday Acers, Ross Perot, Ray Hunt, Herb Kelleher, T. Boone Pickens, Jim Keyes, Bill Lively, Roger Staubach, Craig Hall, and Charles and Sam Wyly.

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Honoree

Bobby Lyle High Res

Dr. Bobby B. Lyle has excelled as an engineer, corporate executive, entrepreneur, civic leader, professor and academic administrator during his distinguished and multifaceted career. He has served as an SMU trustee for 20 years and is a member of the Executive Board of the Lyle School of Engineering.

The founder of Lyco Energy Corporation in 1981, Lyle has been a leader in the petroleum and natural gas industry for more than 25 years, exploring throughout the United States. In 2005, he established Lyco Holdings Inc., a private investment firm. During his professional career, Lyle also has helped found a number of private companies and joint ventures and was instrumental in the development of the Dallas Galleria and the InterFirst Bank-Galleria.

Lyle graduated from Louisiana Tech University, received a graduate degree in Engineering Administration from SMU and earned a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He served as a professor and administrator in what is now the Edwin L. Cox School of Business, ultimately serving as dean ad interim and as executive dean.

In addition to the Lyle School Engineering Executive Board, Lyle serves on the Executive Board of the Cox School and as a trustee of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man in SMU’s Dedman College. He is vice chair of the Maguire Energy Institute in the Cox School and the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. He is co-founder and current chair of the Associate Board in the Cox School and serves on the board of SMU’s Hart Global Leaders Forum. He received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995 and in 2006 was named to the Lyle School of Engineering Hall of Leaders. Lyle is convening co-chair of the Engineering Steering Committee for The Second Century Campaign.

His civic activities have included leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America, National and Dallas-Fort Worth Advisory Boards of the Salvation Army, Texas Trees Foundation and many others.

North Star Awards

Another exciting portion of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship ceremony is the presentation of the North Star Award. This recognition goes to those in the EFNT community who have demonstrated a powerful commitment to making a meaningful contribution to our neighborhoods and to strengthening EFNT’s network of good corporate citizens. Through their generous contribution of time, energy, creativity and resources, these award winners make North Texas the best place to live, work and raise our families. Last year’s North Star Award recipients were Roach Howard Smith & Barton and Shields Legal Group.  This year’s winners will be announced at the ceremony on May 12th.